Results 1–20 of 3000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

UK’s Ambassador to the USA - Statement (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: My Lords, as I have said, we rely on our diplomats to provide insights into the lay of the land. As a Minister I have visited a number of countries over the past two years in post, and in my other responsibilities as a Minister I have benefited greatly from the insights and candid nature of such diplomatic telegrams. On the specific questions the noble Lord has raised, I can say that we will...

UK’s Ambassador to the USA - Statement (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: My Lords, I totally agree with the noble Baroness’s assessment. I put on record that the Government, the Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary, Ministers at the Foreign Office and all of us have full confidence in the work of Sir Kim Darroch. I will put on record my personal reflections. I have known Sir Kim for a long time. I have worked with him on various issues of a very sensitive...

UK’s Ambassador to the USA - Statement (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: I pay tribute to the work of the noble Lord in his various diplomatic responsibilities, which he discharged with great aplomb during his tenure as a Foreign Office diplomat, including of course at the United Nations. I agree with him. Whoever is responsible should be brought to account for these actions. As Ministers and as a Government, we rely on the insight that our ambassadors and...

UK’s Ambassador to the USA - Statement (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: My Lords, I am sure that the noble Baroness will recognise that when you take up responsibility as a Minister of the Crown, you are bound by the duties and responsibilities of that office, including by the Official Secrets Act, and that you should seek to discharge your duties in that manner. The noble Baroness is quite right to raise the issue of who is responsible. I am not going to...

UK’s Ambassador to the USA - Statement (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: My Lords, events such as this mean that we look again at the essence and confidentiality of our communications. Beyond that, it would be inappropriate for me to comment.

UK’s Ambassador to the USA - Statement (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: I assure the noble Lord that the question of who is appointed as a diplomat to any country is a matter for Her Majesty’s Government and no one else.

UK’s Ambassador to the USA - Statement (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: I can certainly give the noble Lord an assurance on his first question. As to his second question regarding motives, I have said that we should await the full inquiry, where I am sure that that will be addressed in full.

UK’s Ambassador to the USA - Statement (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I shall now repeat in the form of a Statement the Answer given by my right honourable friend the Minister of State for Europe and the Americas to an Urgent Question in another place on what steps he is taking to ensure that the apparent unauthorised disclosure of communications from the UK’s Ambassador to the USA are fully investigated by all relevant...

Israel Defense Forces - Question (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: My Lords, we continue to have strong concerns about reports of ill-treatment of Palestinian minors in Israeli military detention and regularly make representations to the Israeli authorities. Most recently, officials from our embassy in Tel Aviv raised our concerns with the Israeli Ministry of Justice on 6 June, and we continue to seek improvements to Israeli practices. We also regularly...

Israel Defense Forces - Question (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: My Lords, I have already made it clear that we have constantly and consistently raised the issue of the use of live ammunition against children with the Israeli authorities. The noble Baroness will also be aware that, during my last visit to Israel, I raised this issue directly when I met the Justice Minister, particularly the issue of children in detention. From the UK Government’s...

Israel Defense Forces - Question (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: My Lords, anyone anywhere in the world who uses children as human shields or in such a despicable manner is to be condemned. I have consistently said that it is the Government’s position that the situation with Hamas cannot continue. Hamas failed to recognise the State of Israel, failed to negotiate and failed to recognise the right of Israel to exist. Let us get that on the table. Let us...

Israel Defense Forces - Question (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: Again, the issue around the children is deplorable and I condemn that unequivocally, along with anyone who uses children for any such means, whether they seek to indoctrinate them or use them for extremist causes and put them in the front line. Such children need to be protected. The United Kingdom Government provide assistance in this regard, not just on this issue of detention but in terms...

Israel Defense Forces - Question (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: I totally agree with the noble Baroness that any plan for alleviating the plight of the suffering, albeit an economic plan, must include a political settlement. Our position is clear: we need to see a viable two-state solution to resolving the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. We will continue to lobby and campaign for that.

Israel Defense Forces - Question (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: As we have consistently made clear, Israel has a right to self-defence. We have also repeatedly called for Hamas to stop firing rockets into Israel. Whether a life is lost on the Israeli side or on the Palestinian side, we are equally appalled. We must work towards a resolution of that conflict. It has gone on far too long.

Israel Defense Forces - Question (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: My Lords, let me assure the noble Lord that we were represented at the recent Bahrain conference. The point the noble Lord makes about ensuring that all parties to the conflict, including the Palestinians and Israelis, get around a table to find a two-state solution, with a secure, viable and progressive state in Israel—recognising its security issues—and at the same time a state for the...

Anti-Semitism - Motion to Take Note (20 Jun 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: My Lords, I join all noble Lords in thanking my noble friend Lady Berridge, not only for securing this debate. I have known her for a long time. I think we entered your Lordships’ House more or less at the same time. I was struck not only by her speech but by her excellent summary. I hazard a guess that everyone in this Chamber could relate to the sentiments and emotions she expressed in...

Anti-Semitism - Motion to Take Note (20 Jun 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: He could, yes. I tripped somewhat on that one. On a serious note, this is deeply disturbing. The noble Lord, Lord Palmer of Childs Hill, and all noble Lords made the point that in the same month that we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings, which marked the beginning of the end of the Holocaust, we still have to hold this debate on anti-Semitism. As the noble Lord, Lord...

Anti-Semitism - Motion to Take Note (20 Jun 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: In the interests of time, I will not give way, but I am happy to meet the noble Baroness, as she knows. This relationship is an important one, as with any country—I mentioned Malaysia earlier. We must stress in our bilateral exchanges that where we disagree with a country, we will raise it. We will continue to invest in our relationships worldwide. It is the strength of those relationships...

Anti-Semitism - Motion to Take Note (20 Jun 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: The noble Lord, Lord Alton, and the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries, talked about the importance of the evidence base and statistics. It is shocking when we see the challenges that we face here in 2019. Again, those underline the importance of acting together. Reference was also made to the new Holocaust memorial. I am delighted, honoured and proud, as I think we should all be,...

Sudan - Question (6 Jun 2019)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: My Lords, we condemn the violent attacks by the Sudanese security forces against peaceful protesters in Sudan this week, which left many civilians dead or injured. The Transitional Military Council bears full responsibility. The United Kingdom calls for the human rights of all Sudanese people to be respected, the resumption of the political process with the protesters and the opposition, and...


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